Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This Is How I Know

Anishinaabemowin & English 4+ Indigenous Voices Anishinaabe Culture Family Nature Seasons Intergenerational Stories Bilingual Books Brittany Luby & Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley summary Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This is How I Know is a beautiful bilingual book with colorful illustrations and a plethora of Anishinaabe knowledge about the seasons and nature. The story follows a child and…

When Lola Visits

English & Tagalog 4-8 years Family Memories Social-Emotional Learning Sense Memories Michelle Sterling & Aaron Asis summary What does summer smell like to you? To me, it smells like campfires and old cabins. My favorite memories are from Camp Ledgewood, a Girl Scout camp that I attended as a child and then worked as a…

Yang Warriors

English & some Hmong 6-10 Hmong Culture Own Voices Refugee Experience Family Lived Experiences Social-Emotional Learning Kao Kalia Yang & Billy Thao summary Yang Warriors is a beautiful story that is one of the first books I’ve read that’s entirely Own Voices, with both a Hmong author and Hmong-American illustrator. The book takes place in…

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

English YA Black Culture & Identity Gun Violence Loss Family Poetry Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff summary Long Way Down is a poetic masterpiece. A teenager named Will witnesses his brother get shot in the street, and knows he must follow The Rules and seek revenge. The graphic novel is based on Jason Reynolds’ novel…

Ophie’s Ghosts

English MG & Up Ghosts Family Parent Loss Fantasy Servitude Enslavement Moving Pittsburgh Justina Ireland summary Ya’ll, this book is sooooo good!! Ophie and her mother have moved to Pittsburgh after their house is burned down, and her father is killed by white supremacists. This evening is also when Ophie found out she can see…

Made in Korea

English & Korean YA Korean-American Identity Small Business Family Responsibility Social-Emotional Learning Relationships Sarah Suk summary Valerie Kwon and her cousin Charlie run an incredibly successful student business selling Korean beauty products. Valerie is desperate to prove to her family that she’s just as capable and business-savvy as her older sister, and take her grandmother…

Me & Mama

English 3 years & up Family Black Culture & Identity Love Black Joy Cozbi A. Cabrera summary This story is beautiful, and I’m enamored by author illustrator Cozbi Cabrera’s ability to showcase such a tender and emotional relationship between mother and daughter. Also, her website is ridiculously gorgeous, and you should definitely check it out….

Indigenous #OwnVoices Roundup

English; Nłe7kepmxcín, & Halq’emeylem (Stand Like a Cedar); Ojibwe (It’s a Mitig!); Inuktitut (Grandfather Bowhead, How I Survived & I Am Loved); Rocky Cree (Pīsim) 4 years & up Indigenous Voices Coastal & Interior Salish Identity First Nations Inuit Identity Own Voices Indigenous Culture & Identity Nature & Animals SEL & Mindfulness Family, Foster Care…

While I Was Away

English & Japanese MG & Up Asian-American Experience Japanese-American Own Voices Growing Up Family Language Learning SEL Waka T. Brown summary Waka is a Japanese-American sixth grader in rural Kansas in the 1980’s. At home, her family speaks Japanese almost exclusively, but Waka is behind in reading and writing in kanji. After a few incidents…

My Day With the Panye

English & Haitian 4-8 years Family Haitian Culture & Identity Social-Emotional Learning Tami Charles & Sara Palacios summary Fallon wants nothing more than to help her family and carry the heavy panye on her head home from the market. When she gets the chance to go with her Manman (mother) to pick up some vegetables,…